Monday, January 18, 2016

And so I finished them

Yes, the hubby's 2015 socks are finished in early 2016!

Sorry for the blurry indoor picture. The socks walked off pretty quickly.

Will he get another pair for 2016? Maybe, maybe not. He's been bugging me for arm warmers so we shall see.

Right now, I've got a new scarf design on the needles and another sock (for me, heh heh). I'm following the January Craftsy sock KAL with Lucy Neatby.

But I look in my forlorn bag of socks with holes and I may have to start mending them. I think I'm going to use this awesome tutorial that is making the rounds of Pinterest and Facebook.

Stay warm, keep knitting!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

And so it is that I didn't quite finish the dh's socks.

It was a bit of a strange time that I finished the thing-that-I-can't-show-you and got into another round of swatches that-I-can't-show-you. Such is the life of a designer!

I hope you had a great holiday and will have a blessed new year.

Stay tuned, more knits and other adventures to come. :-)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

And the work continues ... with cookies

Apologies for the long silence. I have been in heads down secret knitting and prepping for the holidays.

I am excited that one of my designer goals has been fulfilled, to win a proposal submission! They are very competitive and I feel fortunate that one of my designs was selected. Now I am in the midst of the work. So far it's going well. All will be revealed in mid 2016!

Here are some cookies to look at:

Toll House Cookie Brittle

I baked three pans for our church's Christmas cookie sale. Have a blessed season. Keep warm. Keep knitting.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Gift A Long 2015 is almost here!

I'm signing up today.

I will have 11 patterns on sale for the Ravelry Gift A Long 2015. The sale is 25% off the patterns in the featured bundle starting Thursday, November 19th at 8 pm (US-EST) until Friday, November 27th at 11:59pm (US-EST). Use the coupon code: giftalong2015 at checkout.

The GAL knit a long will run from Thursday, November 19th at 8 pm (US-EST) through Thursday December 31st at midnight (US-EST). There will be lots of chat, games and prizes!

Hope to see you knitting there!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

October was a good month

This month I tried something I have never done before. I entered a knit into our State Fair. And I'm really happy that I did.

(Is it bad that I would like to permanently attach the ribbon to the cowl and wear it like that? LOL!) Ahem, moving along...

 Other good things happened too, like I now have four design ideas to play with. That is weird for me because I've been a serial thinker/designer. Only one workable design at a time for me. But now I might have my entire year's production planned out! (Or heavens, I might be able to get more than four patterns out in a year. Now that's just crazy talk. LOL!)

Sadly though, only a few more rows were added to the leg of my husband's second sock. I do have two more months in this year right?

Knitter notes: You know it, the 2015 GAL is coming! I've got to stop playing with my new designs and get entered. Fun fun!

Happy Halloween everyone. Save me some chocolate!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pattern Release: Ornaments Cowl

This summer I decided to try something new. I took Lucy Neatby's class on double knitting on It was fabulous and definitely the genesis of my latest cowl design I call Ornaments.

Double knitting is so clean because it creates two faces and hides all the purling and color changing on the inside. I did find parts that bothered me and with more practice I'm sure I would master them but I decided to remove the pains for my first piece. There are no special cast-ons or cast-offs or edge techniques or shaping. It's all in the round colorwork fun!

When I found out by the math that you can have a slight natural ruffle on the bottom and top, well that was music in my head. Ruffles and colorwork! Oh yes please and thank you!

I chose Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in a muted tone of red and green (color ways Hollyberry and Aurora Heather) to give it a classic feel and hopefully allow you to wear it into January. (Because who takes down their tree directly after Christmas?)

There is, of course, more than one way to wear it.

This cowl is dedicated to the memory of my mother, who loved a red cowl and kept Christmas well.

You can find this pattern in my Ravelry and Craftsy stores. Hopefully it will be coming to Knit Picks soon. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Artist's Moment: More behind the scenes of Ghosts In the Night

September has shot by, again. I have been knitting and nearing completion of a new red and green cowl pattern. I hate to spill all the beans before the launch but the pattern is coming soon (or it better be!)

Right now I want to share the unused scene that Mary had drawn for Ghosts In the Night. I had mistakenly said that it was this picture in my prior post.  That was long before I had seen the final production of the ebook. They actually had used that picture!

This picture was the unused art.

It is a slightly different style when Mary was working out her characters. Still, a fun, ghostly picture to bring us into October!

Note for teachers: Schoolwide is offering free access for educators. You can sign up here and see Ghosts In the Night too!

Upcoming on the blog: pattern launch and an update on the question, will my husband ever get his pair of blue socks this year? Stay tuned!